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Master of Science in Accounting (MS), University of Colorado Denver Business School (CU Denver)

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Degree Requirements | MS in Accounting


The Master of Science in Accounting degree requires you to complete a series of common body of knowledge (CBK) courses, a set of background accounting courses and the MS in Accounting core courses. A comprehensive exam is not required to complete the MS in Accounting degree.

Accounting Courses

The MS in Accounting may include courses in subjects such as:

  • Data Analysis
  • Applied Economics
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 
  • Accounting Systems and Data Processing 
  • Auditing
  • Income Tax Accounting
  • Capstone Financial Accounting or Managerial Accounting

Prerequisite courses

Accounting prerequisite courses may be required unless you have the appropriate background knowledge. These courses cover:

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information 
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Management Accounting

Courses may be waived if you have appropriate accounting background knowledge. Please contact your graduate advisor for details.


Specializations

The auditing and forensic accounting specialization is intended for students who want to begin or expand their careers as external auditors in public accounting, internal auditors in private accounting or auditors in government. The curriculum includes fraud examination, forensic accounting, basic audit techniques and U.S. GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices which includes consolidated financial reporting for multinational​ corporations. Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge and on research and analytical skills.

This specialization can be completed with four elective courses. Learn more.


The Controllership/Chief Financial Officer specialization is intended for students who want to expand or begin their careers in industry, government, or nonprofit accounting. The curriculum includes financial reporting and analysis, with concentrations on U.S. GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices, including consolidated financial reporting for multinational corporations, industry specializations such as oil and gas and government and nonprofit accounting. Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge and on research and analytical skills.

This specialization can be completed with four of your elective courses. Learn more.


Information Systems Audit Control gives you specialized knowledge of:

  • business-process management and security
  • the strategies for integrating governance and compliance
  • the IT organization's financial and business intelligence services

This specialization is specific and contains changes to the original Accounting requirements. Please see an advisor for details on AISAAC Specialization degree plan​. Learn more.

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